complexity

‘Food policy as doing.’ An example from the 1970s from Finland of how to solve a complex social and economic problem with a system approach.

Thank you to Adam Kremeia for sharing with me this Guardian Long Read about the failing food systems in the UK and for pointing me to the experience from Northern Karelia in Finland. The article is titled We need to break the junk food cycle’: how to fix Britain’s failing food system. It is a very

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Exploring complexity and the implications for leadership and decision making in a changing world. In conversation with Marco Valente.

One of the nicer aspects of exploring, reading and learning about systems thinking and complexity is to discover interesting blogs, papers and books and to get in touch with the authors to learn more about their points of view and their journeys into systems.  Some months ago, one of my Google searches brought me to

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‘Make it Happen’ in Development: Sensemaking and Portfolios of Options in the Governance Space. In conversation with Emilia Lischke

The design and implementation of development initiatives in support of policy and governance reforms often contends with systems of interlinked problems and non-linear and unpredictable change processes (Harry Jones 2011).

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A shift in perception: exploring ways to work with complexity in international development

I really enjoyed to go back this week to this paper from 2016 by ODI’s Anne Buffardi: When Theory Meets Reality. I went back to Anne’s paper because I am doing some work on defining some principle the can help design and set up monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems for development project/programmes that tackle

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